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Author: Jane Bennett
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, 2016.
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"It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition. Jane Bennett challenges that view. She seeks to rehabilitate enchantment, showing not only how it is still possible to experience genuine wonder, but how such experience is crucial to motivating ethical behavior. A creative blend of political theory, philosophy,  Read more...
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Bennett, Jane.
Enchantment of Modern Life : Attachments, Crossings, and Ethics.
Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2016
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Bennett
ISBN: 9781400884537 1400884535
OCLC Number: 965779500
Language Note: In English.
Notes: Schiller to Foucault: Micropractices of Ethics.
Description: 1 online resource (223 pages)
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; Acknowledgments ; 1. The Wonder of Minor Experiences ; Queasiness ; A Brief Phenomenology of Enchantment ; Reuse and Recycle ; Enchantment without Design ; Joyful Attachment ; How the Story Goes ; 2. Cross-Species Encounters ; Crossings and Enchantment. Andoar's Transcendence Rotpeter's Way Out ; Alex Changes the Subject ; Body without Organs ; My Wager ; Marvels and Monsters ; 3. The Marvelous Worlds of Paracelsus, Kant, and Deleuze ; The Satyrion Root ; Enchantment and Repetition ; Kantian Wonders. Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Thinker 4. Disenchantment Tales ; "It's a Calculable World," by Max Weber ; "Disenchantment without Regret," by Hans Blumenberg ; "An Ethics of Finitude" by Simon Critchley ; Toward an Enchanted Materialism ; 5. Complexity and Enchantment ; Thoreau's Nature. Latour's Network The Return of the Swerve ; Lawful Nature as a Regulative Ideal ; The Bifurcation Point as a Swerve ; Social Complexity and Kafkaesque Enchantment ; 6. Commodity Fetishism and Commodity Enchantment ; Swinging Khakis ; The Dangers of Commodity Culture. The Commodity as Fetish Marx and the Swerve ; The Critical Potential of (Commercial) Art ; Affect and Thought ; Repetition ; Yea Saying ; The Limits of Refusal ; 7. Ethical Energetics ; The Aesthetic Disposition ; Moral Sentiments ; Aesthetic Play and the Barbarism of Reason.
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"It is a commonplace that the modern world cannot be experienced as enchanted--that the very concept of enchantment belongs to past ages of superstition. Jane Bennett challenges that view. She seeks to rehabilitate enchantment, showing not only how it is still possible to experience genuine wonder, but how such experience is crucial to motivating ethical behavior. A creative blend of political theory, philosophy, and literary studies, this book is a powerful and innovative contribution to an emerging interdisciplinary conversation about the deep connections between ethics, aesthetics, and politics. As Bennett describes it, enchantment is a sense of openness to the unusual, the captivating, and the disturbing in everyday life. She guides us through a wide and often surprising range of sources of enchantment, showing that we can still find enchantment in nature, for example, but also in such unexpected places as modern technology, advertising, and even bureaucracy. She then explains how everyday moments of enchantment can be cultivated to build an ethics of generosity, stimulating the emotional energy and honing the perceptual refinement necessary to follow moral codes. Throughout, Bennett draws on thinkers and writers as diverse as Kant, Schiller, Thoreau, Kafka, Marx, Weber, Adorno, and Deleuze. With its range and daring, The Enchantment of Modern Life is a provocative challenge to the centuries-old ''narrative of disenchantment, '' one that presents a new ''alter-tale'' that discloses our profound attachment to the human and nonhuman world."

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